Present Sufferings. Future Glory.

February 26, 2017 Speaker: Richard Rieves Series: Start Weak: His Strength Made Perfect in My Weakness

Passage: Romans 8:18–8:30

Present Sufferings. Future Glory.

“I consider that our present sufferings…(18)”

“…far greater labors, far more imprisonments, with countless beatings, and often near death. Five times I received at the hands of the Jews the forty lashes less one. Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I was adrift at sea; on frequent journeys, in danger from rivers, danger from robbers, danger from my own people, danger from Gentiles, danger in the city, danger in the wilderness, danger at sea, danger from false brothers; in toil and hardship, through many a sleepless night, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure. And, apart from other things, there is the daily pressure on me of my anxiety for all the churches. Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is made to fall, and I am not indignant? (2 Cor. 11:23-29).”
“This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it: ‘Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners’--and I am the worst of them all (I Tim. 1:15).”
“…I persecuted this Way to the death, binding and delivering to prison both men and women…(Acts 22:4).”

1) Protecting wounds ensures those wounds will not be healed.
2) Protecting wounds allows them to continue to live, fester and spill over to others.
3) Protecting wounds ensure the survival of a false pretense of health which guarantees independence from God’s restorative work.

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I. Jesus uses your wounds for specific good.

II. God’s certain love is power to be broken, and restored.

“If God is for us, who can be against us? (31).”

“For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord (38-39).”

“For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers (29).”

He foreknew you.
He predestined you to be conformed to the image of His Son.
He Called you.
He Justified you.
He glorified you.

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